Nicholas Sparks' next novel The Longest Ride will be made into film

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Fox 2000 have bought the rights to Nicholas Sparks' next novel, before it's even released…

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Film company Fox 2000 have beat off the competition and bought the film rights to Nicholas Sparks' next novel, before it has even been released.

The king of the romantic blockbuster is set for the book release of The Longest Ride this September, with the film aiming to be in cinemas for Valentines 2015.

The film version of Sparks' most recent novel Safe Haven hit the cinemas this Valentine's Day and took over $25 million in four days, beating the latest Die Hard instalment.

The new novel focuses on two couples, one old and one young, and how their relationship entwine.

The book opens on a 90-year-old veteran trapped in his car after a major accident. As he drifts in and out of consciousness, he reminisces on his life and love for his departed wife, who previously died of a stroke. The young couple are the unlikely pairing of art history student and an injured bull rider who fall in love despite their differences. A strange event causes the two generations to save each other.

Sounds like we'll be needing some more tissues then…

The Longest Ride will become the ninth of Sparks' novels to be turned into a film after The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe, The Lucky One, Dear John, The Last Song and now Safe Haven.

Combined, the films have grossed nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars at the box office.

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